ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY REGION III
841 Chestnut Building Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
SUBJECT: ADOPT-A-WATERSHED, PROJECT PROPOSAL, (1 Oct 1997 )
FROM: PETER A. WEBER, REGIONAL VOLUNTEER WATER MONITORING COORDINATOR
Goal: Restore part of Crum Creek Watershed, through a community
partnership effort, assisted by EPA and other governmental agencies.
As part of the evolving Adopt-a-Watershed
program in Region III, this project is a pilot effort that builds on seven
years of EPA participation in developing a volunteer water monitoring program
in several metropolitan Philadelphia watersheds. This Adopt-a-Watershed
outreach is designed to produce measurable water quality improvements,
including pre-implementation monitoring, riparian stream restoration, and
post-implementation monitoring. It features numerous local
partners from the watershed association, local government, school and college,
This proposal will bring together
numerous community partners (listed below) and dovetail nicely with the
existing Swarthmore Rutledge School “Creek Habitat Study.” A portion
of Crum Creek would be assessed and then targeted for riparian restoration.
The landowner, Swarthmore College, would assist with technical assistance,
including plant materials via their arboretum. The existing watershed
association and the volunteer water monitors would lend their expertise.
The program wil also be coordinated with applicable EPA programs, and recruit
EPA watershed residents.
Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, SRS (Elementary School),Sandy Sparrow,
Principal, Tom Elverson, teachers and students.
Swarthmore College (and Scott Arboretum), Al Bloom, President; Claire Sawyers,
Arboretum Director; professors and students.
Chester Ridley Crum Watershed Association, Carl Dupoldt, President.
Crum/Ridley/Chester Volunteer Monitoring Program, Frank Dowman, Coordinator.
Delaware County Conservation District, Ed Magargee, District Manager.
Delaware County government, Ted Erickson, Executive Director.
Delaware County Anglers and Conservationists, Jim Moreland.
Delaware County Environmental Network, Deborah Haines, Chairperson.
Philadelphia Suburban Water Company, Preston Luitweiler, Research and Environmental
Swarthmore Boro (and Environmental Advisory Committee), Ann Seidman, Council
President; Jane Billings, Boro Secretary.
Swarthmore Rotary Club.
Trout Unlimited, Delco Manning Chapter, Steve Kosiak.
Widener University, Robert Bruce, President; Bruce Grant, Biology Department.
Delaware River Basin Commission, Richard Albert.
PA Department of Environmental Protection, Nancy Crickman, Watersheds,
Southeast Regional Office; Diane Wilson, Citizens’ Volunteer Monitoring
PA Department of Conservation, Teresa Kromel.
US EPA Watershed and other water-related programs.
US EPA Source Water Protection program.
US EPA Crum watershed residents.
US EPA Green Communities program.
Other Federal agencies (US Geological Survey, US Fish & Wildlife Service,
US Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Army Corps of Engineers,
State and Federal elected officials.
First Year Schedule (synchronized with the school year):
Contact and meet with key participants Oct, Nov 1997
Site visits to select first restoration Oct, Nov 1997
Educational program on stream assessment Fall 1997
Preparations for riparian restoration Winter 1997-1998
First restoration March-April 1998
Initial Post-implementation monitoring May-June 1998
Lead EPA Employee: Peter Weber, 3WP13, Office of Watersheds, EPA Region
1 Oct 97, last revised 18 Nov 97
page updated 4 December 1997 by Bruce W. Grant